Skip to comments.MSNBC retracts false Palin story; others duped
Posted on 11/12/2008 8:40:24 PM PST by SmithL
NEW YORK, (AP) -- MSNBC was the victim of a hoax when it reported that an adviser to John McCain had identified himself as the source of an embarrassing story about former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, the network said Wednesday.
David Shuster, an anchor for the cable news network, said on air Monday that Martin Eisenstadt, a McCain policy adviser, had come forth and identified himself as the source of a Fox News Channel story saying Palin had mistakenly believed Africa was a country instead of a continent.
Eisenstadt identifies himself on a blog as a senior fellow at the Harding Institute for Freedom and Democracy. Yet neither he nor the institute exist; each is part of a hoax dreamed up by a filmmaker named Eitan Gorlin and his partner, Dan Mirvish, the New York Times reported Wednesday.
The Eisenstadt claim had mistakenly been delivered to Shuster by a producer and was used in a political discussion Monday afternoon, MSNBC said.
"The story was not properly vetted and should not have made air," said Jeremy Gaines, network spokesman. "We recognized the error almost immediately and ran a correction on air within minutes."
Gaines told the Times that someone in the network's newsroom had presumed the information solid because it was passed along in an e-mail from a colleague.
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It doesn't matter, they've got an agenda.
how many democrat tv viewers will be repeating this story for decades?
I thought I heard Rachel Madcow using the talking points the other night.
how does one explain the Carl Cameron jabs. Didn’t he ‘pal around with the McCain campaign and know his sources? This is all a bunch of horse hooey!
Carl Cameron is this elections Dan Rather. He especially owes the Gov an apology. And BOR can suck it too.
Oh yeah - I bet this guy is still waiting for his million dollar pay-offs from his Nigerian buddies...
Thank goodness for the integrity of our MSM watchdogs. Don't know what we would do without them (-cough-)...
Well, sure, that's reasonable, "an email from a colleague" is all that's needed as "research" and corroboration. /sarcasm
Hell, that's almost as good as "we pulled it out of Dan Rather's a-- but don't want to admit to that!"
Gee, to think that the Mediascum love to sneer at the Pajama brigades, but here we have PMSNBC admitting that they aired a "story" simply because one hack emailed it to another hack. Wow, what rigorous "gate-keepers" you are there at PMSNBC.
(keep your friends close and your enemies closer)
I find Carl Cameron to have a career destroying lisp that is likely a hint at a private and socially unacceptable habit. What it is, I couldn’t fathom, but I won’t invite him to be around the kids.
"Almost every critical remark made about Palin
on a recent briefing call about her selection came from political consultants
with ties to Romney. Those comments were planted, says one,
because they knew that reporters would be on the call."
[Washington Prowler, American Spectator, Storm Center, 9/2/2008]
This reminds Conservatives of Romney's fake badges and attacks on Sen Thompson.
sheesh, how many people HERE on FR still think he’s real?
“Free Martin Eisenstadt!”
So was the "President elect" not vetted properly and can you issue an apology for That One and then we can go on with life as usual after he gets omitted from any further political jobs in his life?
I listened to Greta earlier talk to O’Reilly and she said that Carl Cameron had called her and said he was sorry he had reported the story. I don’t know if that will make it to Governor Palin but at least there is an admission herer that he didn’t do his homework.
He needs to go on tv admit he was wrong. Telling Greta isn’t enough after the way he reported the whole thing.
I always believed the media made up their own nonexistant sources.
I hope all 15 of their viewers noticed the retraction.
I agree! I think O’Reilly was surprised when he heard it. I bet there is some phone calls being placed to make sure that this thing is put to bed properly. Fox News will make a statement and I hope Cameron comes out and apologizes.
there are democrat tv viewers that still
think that the democrat party is for the working person!
And he wiggles too. Drives me crazy.
Is this true? Cameron would need to come on the air and apologize.
Well, maybe more like ‘just two of the 98% of fruits who voted for Obama’.
Better said. Thanks!
What night was that?
MSNBC is in the pits on ratings and Oberwoman gets $7 million dollar contract
Say goodnight NBC and GE!
Well gooooly- whoda thunk it? ‘Professional reporters’ ‘duped’ by ‘annonymous sources’? Tell me it aint so Dan Rather!
The McCain Senior campaign manager was on Fox news tonight and he flat out stated that not one single reporter called the McCain Campaign to check out if those annonymous accusations were factual or had any merrit at all- He also said that for 2 years now, a annonymous ‘leak’ has escaped from the McCain ‘camp’ and NOONE EVER called to confirm any of it!
Face it- the MSM is going downhill on an Canola oil greased slab of teflon (and hte proof of it is the fact that they bemoan the fact that bloggers are ‘ruining the news’ almost nightly now- but the fact is theat bloggers are EXPOSING their lies and actually holding htem accoutnable for the lies they tell because words have meaning- somethign the MSM has forgotten!!!
Greta Argues with O’Reilly over Carl Cameron ‘gossip’ on Sarah Palin.
This was an earlier post where you can go to the story and the interview is on the LA Times blog.
A good one. I know that movie reference.
Thanks Di, you said it better than I could.
ROMNEY AIDES WORKING FOR MCCAIN DISHED SARAH PALIN THE DAY AFTER THE ELECTION TO KNOCK HER OUT OF THE RUNNING FOR 2012.
He said McCain aides were in and out of the room and could have picked up snippets of the conversation about Africa and NAFTA and take them out of context.
This story had legs because there was some twisted truth in it: Palin was prepped in that room by that man.
So the hoax story guy got his news SOMEWHERE, however distorted it was.
Romney is the source of the twisted rumors. No if ands or buts. He knows how to play the MSM.
Never once heard any news organization say it was false until after the election.
Is not the first time, will not be the last.
So when will FOX air their retraction?
When we stop watching.
Cameron is the guy who started the rumors and he’s the guy who can name the source. Who’s he protecting, this is not Watergate, it’s an internal party matter. Fox News shares the blame because not only they did their air the rumors, they did it three or four times. Hemmer even justified it by saying you can trust Cameron. If Hemmer had given that answer in journalism school, he would have flunked. Cameron deserves to be fired.
Boy is O’Reilly going to have egg on his face tomorrow.
and so it goes....
Gee, do you think Rachel Madcow will retract the story? These people make me sick.
It doesn't matter, they have achieved their goal...
Seriously. Thank God the professional media establishment is there to hold the line against poorly vetted hearsay.
What would we do without them?
Fox news sucks. I know they claim to be “fair an balanced” but that only equates to a few mediocre commentators. The rest are liberal liars.